In the past two weeks I have gotten two birthday presents in the mail. They have both been wonderful surprises, especially since my birthday was over a month ago. My children think it is really funny that I just keep getting gifts even though my birthday is long past. I just enjoy them, and feel very blessed.
God's grace is quite the same as those unexpected birthday gifts. If you live in a sense of awareness of God working in your life, everything is gift (grace). Every day in little ways and sometimes in very grand ways God reveals his love for us through graces in our lives. Which doesn't mean that when we make ourselves aware of God working in our lives everything is sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes, in the words of one of my favorite authors Flannery O'Connor God's grace can be "dark and disturbing" too.
Sometimes God's grace comes in a way that makes us realize how much we need Him. It is revealed in our weaknesses and our failings, which bring us to our knees in prayer and turn us back to His loving arms.
I am sitting here this morning on a cold rainy morning, which makes my arthritis flare and every joint in my body ache, waiting for it to be time to go to my Zumba Class. I know that it will take all the energy I can muster, and a little extra grace from God, to make myself go to Zumba this morning, But I also know that in God's dark and disturbing way if I do go there will be a benefit for my overall health and well being.
How will you be aware of God's grace in your life today?